Horatio Alger Jr. (1832-1899) was the author of over 100 adventure books, many focusing on a poor boy's struggle to overcome poverty and adversity. Alger's books are fast-paced "page-turners" that have enjoyed immense popularity while advocating generosity, honesty, industry, thrift, temperance, education, and bravery. Alger was born near Boston, attended Harvard, and moved to New York City in 1866. He is one of America's all-time, best-selling fiction authors.
Strive and Succeed is the story of Walter Conrad, who is sent to Portville to see if his father's estate is being defrauded. Though only 15, Walter obtains the job of school teacher in Portville - and finds it challenging to maintain order in the school.
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